Leeds United's Sam Greenwood secures next move after Middlesbrough transfer decision

Sam Greenwood of Middlesbrough
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Sam Greenwood has joined Championship rivals Preston North End on a season-long loan after Middlesbrough decided against pursuing a permanent transfer at the end of last season.

Greenwood spent the last 12 months on loan at Boro in a deal that included an option that would have allowed Boro to sign the 22-year-old permanently for just £1.5 million. However, though his superb free-kick in the victory over champions Leicester City won the club's Goal of the Year award, Greenwood didn't quite have the impact he would have hoped and Boro made the decision to not pursue a permanent deal this summer.

Having since added Delano Burgzorg to their squad, Greenwood has instead been looking for other opportunities, with opportunities at Leeds United never likely to materialise. A season-long loan deal at Preston has been agreed, with no indication yet as to whether it also includes a permanent option.

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On making the move, Greenwood told the Preston North End website: “I’m over the moon. I can’t wait to get started and meet all the lads, and just to work hard to see where we can get. It went really quickly and when I knew that Ryan [Lowe] wanted me, I believe that he’s a manager that can get the best out of me.

"I know how good he is and he’s a young up-and-coming manager so it gives me confidence to play under him. I can’t wait to play at Deepdale in front of the fans and get them off their seats.”

Greenwood racked up 37 Championship appearances for Boro, including 25 starts. He produced five goals and three assists over the course of the campaign, but his form really dipped in the second half of the season. Despite that, having held interest in signing him last summer before his Boro move materialised, Lilywhites boss Ryan Lowe is excited to add the versatile forward to his squad.

The Preston boss said: "I’m really pleased with the signing of Sam. He’s a great footballer with quality with his left and right foot, and his set pieces are excellent too. I actually spent a bit of time with Sam last summer when he was training abroad and I saw what he was capable of.

“We tried to sort something then but we couldn’t quite get it done and he ended up going to Middlesbrough. We feel he has a big part to play and we’re really pleased to have him with us for the season.”